ReedTMS March 2018 Employees Of The Month!

Congratulations to Sarah Drake & Tiv Vass, ReedTMS Logistics’ Employees of the month for March. Sarah and Tiv have been incredible assets to our company and are regarded by their peers as some of the most helpful employees in the entire office.

Some of the comments as to why they were nominated are as follow:

Yesterday morning I came in early, with the expectation of finishing some major projects before a day filled with meetings. Instead, I was greeted with the dreaded blue screen of death on my computer.  Tiv immediately jumped into action, setting me up with a temporary computer so I could still stay on deadline.  He restored my original computer within an hour and has checked back with me several times yesterday and today to make sure I haven’t had any further issues.  His prompt response, quick thinking, and amazing attitude, in my opinion, was above and beyond. I only had minor down time.”

“I was working late night and needed some help well past midnight.Tiv picked up the call and took care of this issue with no complaints. His work ethic is truly incredible and an incredible asset to our team”

He is fast, productive, and always fixes the problem; he explains what the problem is and how he is going to fix the issue. He is always on POINT!  I can always count on Tiv to fix whatever issue arises. Thank you, Tiv for all you have done”

“Sarah was tasked with putting together an internship program. She did not work with any internship programs before. She researched the topic, attended webinars, read articles and put together an amazing event for the interns that showed interest in our company.

She killed it with the internship interview and setting up the program. Her work was above and beyond

She has gone above and beyond her daily duties and is responsible for getting our summer intern program off and running.  She sought out guidance and support to put together learning outcomes, and secured 14 qualified candidates for our on-site interviews.  All 14 interviews were qualified and exceptional.  She is amazing and worked hard on this project.

Thanks for all you do Sarah & Tiv, keep up the good work!

ReedTMS Logistics Summer Internship Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ReedTMS will be hosting an open house for its 2018 Summer Internship Program this Friday!

The Freight Broker Internship Program is listed on Handshake here, and is accessible to senior level students and up: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1359634. The open house will take place at ReedTMS Logistics Tampa Based Headquarters located at 615 S Ware Blvd Tampa, Fl 33619 from 1-3PM. The open house will give Reed employees the ability to meet potential teammates and will also allow the interns to gather a better understanding of Reed’s services and corporate culture.

Intern Information:

The role of the Freight Broker Intern is to develop an understanding of ReedTMS brokerage and transportation services within the logistics and transportation industry, from dispatch to carrier sales.

What you can expect to learn:

  • A basic understanding of the transportation and logistics industry
  • How to navigate through our transportation management software and common challenges that occur
  • How to track and monitor freight throughout the life cycle of the load; the dispatch process
  • Carrier relations and building internal carrier capacity
  • How to foster excellent customer service techniques
  • Market trends, cycles and seasonalities that affect shipper and carrier rates
  • Prompt and decisive communication
  • Other objectives TBD between Intern and Mentor

About ReedTMS Logistics:

Family owned and operated, ReedTMS is a transportation provider comprised of Reed Transport Services, Inc. and TMS Logistics, Inc. Reed Transport offers high-quality brokerage and freight management services while TMS Logistics is an asset-based provider for dry van, dedicated fleet services. The success of each company relies heavily on the quality of the people we attract and retain. Both Reed Transport and TMS Logistics promote an employee-centric culture that emphasizes teamwork, personal growth, and challenging work with rewards for success. A free flow of communication, ideas and innovative thinking is encouraged throughout every department. Employee suggestions are received in a positive and respectful manner and given full consideration for implementation. All employees are greatly valued; they are critical to each company’s success.

For more information, contact Internship Coordinator Sarah Drake at 813.369.6510 or sdrake@reedtms.com

Fox Valley Technical College – Truck Driving Job Fair

 

 

 

Fox Valley Technical College is hosting a Job Fair in Appleton, WI on Thursday!

The Truck Driving Job Fair is open to current and past FVTC Truck Driving Program  students and the general public. There is a strong demand for professional truck drivers, and Fox Valley Technical College hopes that the fair can help prepare students for an exciting career.

EVENT INFORMATION

Thursday, March  15, 2018
4 p.m – 6:30 p.m.
Fox Valley Technical College – J.J Keller Transportation Building

North Trucking Driving Safety Bay
1825 North Bluemound Drive
Appleton, WI 54912

Please stop by the ReedTMS booth and ask us what we can do for you! We look forward to seeing all of you and wish you good luck!

Truck Driving Makes 2018 List of Toughest Jobs to Fill

The truck driving profession is on the top 10 list for CareerCast’s 2018 Toughest Jobs to Fill report, which CareerCast Online Content Editor Kyle Kensing believes is the result of the recession and skills gap.

In the report, CareerCast lists a truck drivers’s annual median salary as $41,340 and has a growth outlook of 6%. By 2026, there will be an additional 108,400 positions available. The data was compiled through cross reference with trade associations and information available to CareerCast.

“When you think of consumer confidence being down, shopping being down, construction being down — those are all of the industries that feed in directly to trucking and transportation,” said Kensing.

As a result of the recent recession, people have either found work in different industries or former truck drivers who took a hiatus need to be recertified, according to Kensing.

Kensing believes that the solution to filling those jobs is a renewed focus on vocational-type careers and training.

“Trucking is an excellent and rewarding field and there is typically high demand there,” said Kensing. “I think we just need to do a better job at providing a little bit more information and background about what it entails as well as the kind of career path you can have and the kind of money you can make.”

Apollo Career Center Truck Driving Academy Manager Jim Rosen and his team are doing all they can to prepare students who are seeking to become truck drivers.

In the very beginning of the course, Rosen takes the students through career counseling to make sure that trucking is a good fit.

“We seem to be able to keep the classes full for our capacity,” said Rosen. “There is definitely a demand and interest in it. We have 40-some companies that will hire our graduates.”

Despite the fact that truck driving is listed as one of the top jobs to fill, it is in high demand and is a profession that Rosen said is well worth it.

“There is great job stability,” said Rosen. “As long as you keep a good driving record, you can drive, you can really make a good living with full benefits.”

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Produce groups seek 2-year wait on electronic logging

A coalition of industry associations has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a two-year exemption on electronic logging device mandate for trucks carrying agricultural commodities.

A current ELD mandate waiver which postponed the measure for trucks carrying produce and other ag products ends March 18.

In a letter submitted Feb. 20, the United Fresh Produce Association, Western Growers, the National Potato Council, the U.S Apple Association and more than 20 other produce groups said a combination of factors have driven up transportation costs.

“With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, driver shortages, and other issues, there have been considerable increases in transportation costs for fresh produce causing devastating effects on our industry,” the letter said. “We are hearing from many of our members across multiple commodities and sectors throughout the country that shippers are having to pay two or three times, occasionally more, the normal rate for transporting their product.”

ELD concerns

The letter said feedback from producers and trucking operations indicates many ELDs on the market are not able to accommodate the agricultural exemption that is provided under the hours-of-service regulations. Under the agricultural exemption, hours-of-service regulations do not apply to the transportation of agricultural commodities operating within a 150-air mile radius of a pick-up.

“We believe that this extension would provide a reasonable period of time for FMCSA to work with the technology providers in developing a program to verify that the ELDs on the market can perform the tasks that the rule mandates and allow trucks hauling agricultural commodities to fully utilize the 150-mile exemption,” according to the letter.

The coalition is asking the agency to consider hours-of-service modifications to accommodate the realities of loading and unloading fresh produce.

“The unpredictability of loading and unloading times as it relates to fresh fruits and vegetables can significantly detract from the on-duty hours drivers are allowed in a day,” according to the letter, which notes that two-to four-hour delays at loading are not uncommon.

“We encourage FMCSA to consider flexibility under either the ELD rule or the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers who are idling, waiting or traveling small distances reflective of negotiating a congested terminal to be considered in an exempt status,” according to the letter. “We do not believe that this type of activity is as demanding as over-the-road driving and therefore should not contribute to maximum driving times.”

The letter also asks the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to:

  • Allow packing facilities, cold storages and other locations to be considered as a “source” location under the hours-of-service regulation.
  • Allow the agricultural exemption’s 150-air-mile radius to begin at the final pick up point for multi-point pickups. Drivers make multiple pick-ups from small packinghouses or cold storage facilities to fill their load before continuing to final destinations. “We would encourage the 150 air-mile radius to begin at the location of the last pick-up point so as not to disrupt current supply chains and accommodate the operational efficiencies organically created by the marketplace over the last 100-plus years,” according to the letter.
  •  Clearly define that empty trucks are covered under the agricultural exemption. According to the letter, agricultural exemptions should be clearly defined to include unladen trucks as eligible if they are traveling to a facility exclusively to pick up an order.

Story by Tom Karst @thepacker